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Evaluation

Program Evaluation

PALS annually measures the program's success by various formal and informal methods and results, including the following:

  • All PALS students have attained scores of passing or above on MCAS tests.
  • The majority of the awards at graduations annually go to PALS 8th graders.
  • Since 1998, a total of 45 PALS graduates have earned Adelante Scholarships (approx. 1/3 of all recipients) to attend one of three demanding area high schools: Central Catholic, Presentation of Mary Academy, and Notre Dame.
  • As far as we know, all of the children who have completed PALS to date have either graduated from high school or are on track to do so.
  • In recent years, the majority of PALS graduates have gone on to college, several to excellent institutions, including Boston College, Brown University, M.I.T., and University of Massachusetts (at both Amherst and Lowell).
  • Inspired by a desire to “give back,” many students over the years have returned to PALS as student teachers. In Summer PALS 2008, there were four PALS graduates who served in this capacity, two attending Phillips Academy, one at MIT and one at Providence College.
  • Each year, we become even more aware of the positive impact the program has on our high school student teachers; some report that their experience in PALS convinced them to enter the teaching profession after college.
  • In the past, two PALS graduates have received the prestigious annual Bright Future Award from the YWCA of Greater Lawrence. In 2005, another graduate was one of eight high school seniors to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Exchange Club of Lawrence.
  • In 2008, one of our PALS graduates, who now attends Phillips Academy, was selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar. She is the first from Lawrence ever selected. This will give her financial assistance and mentoring during her high school years. Another PALS graduate of 2004 recently won a Posse Foundation Scholarship which pays a large share of her tuition to Union College.